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WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) today issued this statement in support of Mayor Pete Buttigieg, President-Elect Joe Biden’s choice to be nominated as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT):

“We congratulate Mayor Buttigieg and we support his nomination. We urge the U.S. Senate to begin its confirmation process in earnest. The 20,000 aviation safety professionals NATCA represents are committed to keeping the National Airspace System (NAS) moving safely and efficiently and we are looking forward to Secretary Buttigieg’s leadership. We greatly value our successful collaborative relationship with the DOT and the Federal Aviation Administration. That collaboration has been critical as our members have continued to work during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be tested as the aviation industry assists in the unprecedented  vaccine transport and distribution process. Ending the pandemic is necessary for the recovery of our aviation industry.

“Our aviation system is the engine that drives our nation’s economy, and this is a critical time. The nomination of Mayor Buttigieg is a positive step as we move forward.”

MORE INFORMATION: Doug Church, Deputy Director of Public Affairs; 301-346-8245,dchurch@natcadc.org.

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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is a labor union and aviation safety organization in the United States that represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals. NATCA was certified in 1987 by the Federal Labor Relations Authority to be the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Today, NATCA is one of the strongest labor unions in the federal sector and represents a range of aviation safety professionals in 15 FAA bargaining units, 5 Department of Defense air traffic facilities, and 112 federal contract towers. These air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals make vital contributions to the U.S. economy and make modern life possible by coordinating the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of nearly one billion aviation passengers and millions of tons of freight within the National Airspace System each year. NATCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

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